Bereavement Technician, Stonefall Harrogate, (095673)

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£23,893 - £26,873
Harrogate, North Yorkshire
Job Type
Full Time

North Yorkshire Council are offering an exciting and rare opportunity to work at a well-established Crematorium, operating in 11 Cemeteries, in Harrogate, and surrounding areas. For this challenging and unique opportunity, we require an innovative, forward thinking and proactive team member to join our current team and contribute to the blend of excellent technical and operational delivery that always reflects the Council’s values, culture and strategic ambitions.

This is an opportunity to progress within a career post, depending on how far you wish to go. As an entry point Bereavement Technician, you will have the ability to work under pressure and maintain personal deadlines to ensure the high level of professionalism to provide a unique burial service for the bereaved families, the delivery of seasonal work programmes.

Providing a personalised service in a unique and caring environment for all our families. We are looking for exceptional people to join our current team and contribute to the blend of excellent technical and operational delivery that always reflects the Council’s values, culture and strategic ambitions.

The Bereavement Service operates four locality-based crematoria providing dignified and respectful Funeral and Cremation services to the people, and families of North Yorkshire and beyond.  

The Service has responsibility for a significant number of open and closed cemeteries and closed churchyards across North Yorkshire, including their maintenance and safety of memorials.   

The post holder will contribute towards achieving service key performance indicators. 

Relevant qualifications will be required to be achieved to carry out some roles. The role is emotionally and physically demanding. Confirmation of appointment will be subject to a medical assessment.   

The post-holder will work within one of the locality teams in the service with the potential of working in other areas and tasked on a day-to-day basis by a manager in the locality in which they are based.      

Role Summary:

To assist in carrying out a Lawful and Decent burial or cremation of a deceased person, ensuring all practices and procedures as stipulated by the Federation of Burial and Cremation Authority and the Institute of Cemetery and Crematorium Management are conducted with due reverence and respect to the deceased and their families.

Entry-level accountabilities

Burial arrangements and Cemetery maintenance In this particular role, you will carry out Burial arrangements, Cemetery maintenance, and memorial safety as this is a career grade you may be able to rise through the grade on completion of cremation qualifications.

·       Accurate marking out, digging and back filling of graves, ensuring compliance with cemetery and health and safety legislation. The role is physically demanding, using   excavators and other plant/equipment as required.

·       Contribute to the upkeep and maintenance of the Crematorium, Cemeteries and closed Churchyards.

·       Driving vehicles and trailers to cemeteries and closed churchyards. Must have Category C1E entitlements on driving licence.

·       Ensuring correct excavation of burial plot to agreed sizes and depth for interment.

·       Site is safe, clean and tidy following grave digging operations.

·       Regularly inspect the cemeteries to ensure the highest standards of upkeep.

·       Using machines and hand tools assist in the upkeep of cemeteries, including and not limited to open areas, roadway, paths and kerbing.  

Top-level accountabilities  

Memorial Safety and Cremator Technician  

·       Cremation of the deceased in line with statutory legislation and guidance by qualified cremator technicians ensuring full identification of the deceased

·       Undertake the cremation of a human, ensuring compliance with statutory legislation and guidance.

·       Removal of recyclable metals and adherence to risk management protocols

·       Ensuring documentation and identification is correct. 

·       Contribute to the Service memorial safety programme within Council Cemeteries and closed Churchyards for which the Council has responsibility to maintain. This is physically demanding work, using gantries as appropriate to assist in the laying down of heavy headstones.

·       Carry out memorial safety and ensuring the data base is correctly updated and risk management protocols  

Ensuring compliance with all legal requirements of the service delivery is of absolute importance, as is attention to detail and time management skills.

Some weekend working and irregular hours may be required to meet operational demand.

Full training will be provided.

What can we offer you?

Competitive rate of pay.   

Excellent Local Government Pension Scheme   

28 days holiday per year plus Bank Holidays 

Access to range of benefits and discounts including green car scheme, childcare vouchers and home technology scheme.

North Yorkshire Councils’ purpose is to deliver services and facilities to the diverse residents and visitors of North Yorkshire. To ensure we deliver inclusive services we strive to have a diverse workforce where everybody can be themselves by respecting differences and embedding equality of opportunity. We celebrate diversity and recognise each other’s contributions, we therefore welcome applications from individuals of all backgrounds.

Please note, only shortlisted applicants will be contacted. If you have not received a response by the interview date you should assume that you have been unsuccessful on this occasion.

For any queries or further information about this role please contact the hiring manager Jackie Ramsey on 01423556613 or

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